Wednesday, 23 October 2013

'64 Razor-Edge Ghia

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

To the man on the street, 'Karmann Ghia' generally evokes images of the Type 14, which was in production from 1955-74. However, in 1961 Volkswagen started selling this more angular version, the Type 34, alongside it. Based on the new Type 3 platform and featuring the fresh 1500 engine, it was the fastest production VW of the time, as well as being the most expensive and luxurious. The high sticker price (roughly equivalent to two Beetles) meant that demand was never strong; just 42,505 Type 34s were built, compared to 445,238 Type 14s. It was never officially sold in the US either, which didn't help - they often refer to it as 'the European Ghia'.
This particular one is a 1964 example - a bit rough around the edges (particularly those door bottoms), but on the whole it's enjoying a pretty respectable patina. It looks rather swish dumped on the ground over those Porsche gas-burners as well, doesn't it? An increasingly rare sight these days, and it's great to see it in use.

Spotted at the 2013 Retro Rides Gathering - click here for more photos.

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